2019 in Review: The Achievements and Setbacks of Legal Medical Cannabis

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As
we
approach
the
end
of
January
2020
and
think
about
the
changes
that
the
New
Year
will
bring
in
terms
of
legal
medical
marijuana
around
the
world,
it
is
useful
to
take
a
step
back
and
review
the

main
events
of
the
cannabis
industry
during
2019.

Several
territories
in
the
United
States
and
around
the
world
made
significant
progress
regarding
the
legalization
of
recreational
cannabis,
but
the
medical
marijuana
industry
was
also
subject
to
major
changes.
From
an
improvement
in
workplace
protections
for
users
of
medical
cannabis
to
the
lifting
of
long-standing
bans,
it
seems
like
most
of
the
western
world
is
following
a
clear
path
towards
a
legal
medical
marijuana
market.

The
Cannabis
Revolution
of
the
Southern
States

While
the
northeastern
part
of
the
United
States
and
most
areas
of
California
have
been
the
spearheads
of
a
project
for
nation-wide
legalization
of
cannabis
for
both
medical
and
recreational
purposes,
states
such
as
Arizona,
Nebraska,
and
Idaho
have
defended
a
more
conservative
approach
and
implemented
a
plethora
of
legal
obstacles
for
the
marijuana
industry.

However,
although
these
parts
of
the
country
are
still
behind
the
most
progressive
areas,
2019
was
a
year
of
successes
for
the
local
cannabis
advocacy
groups.
The
authorities
in
Arizona
have
vowed
to
hold
a
new
vote
on
the

Smart
and
Safe

proposal,
which
promotes
the
legalization
of
adult-use
marijuana
and
a
comprehensive
plan
to
direct
the
sales
revenue
towards
infrastructure
projects,
higher
education
and
health
services.

The
New
Workplace
Protections
for
Marijuana
Users

Despite
some
states
have
legalized
marijuana
products
for
medical
purposes,
users
were
still
subject
to
discrimination
in
workplaces
where
drug
tests
are
carried
out.
There
is
no
way
for
an
employer
to
know
if
someone
is
taking
THC
for
recreational
or
medical
purposes
from
a
test,
so
despite
the
substance
is
legal,
its
presence
in
an
employee’s
bloodstream
could
lead
to
serious
consequences.

In
New
York
and
New
Jersey,
2019
was
a
year
of
major
changes
regarding
the

marijuana-related
policies

for
both
employers
and
employees.
The
latter
state
now
prohibits
employers
from
terminating
or
even
disciplining
employees
because
of
their
status
as
registered
medical
marijuana
users.

Although
drug
tests
might
still
be
carried
out
and
the
consumption
of
cannabis
can
be
banned
in
the
workplace,
employees
who
test
positive
must
be
allowed
to
present
evidence
of
their
status.

More
European
Countries
are
Joining
the
Legalization
Movement

While
the
Netherlands
has
always
been
one
of
the
major
beacons
for
almost
every
marijuana
legalization
project
around
the
world,
the
European
continent
has
been
historically
divided
when
it
comes
to
both
medical
and
recreational
cannabis.

In
2019,
the
National
Healthcare
System
of
the
United
Kingdom
negotiated
its
first
bulk
discount
of
cannabis-based
medicines
for
a
broadband
of
patients
suffering
from
epilepsy
and
other
related
conditions.
The
medical
efficacy
of
THC
is
being
accepted
by
authorities
in
Portugal,
Greece,
Spain,
and
Germany,
and
even
Poland
is
now
considering
pilot
projects
for
the
progressive
legalization
of
the
substance.

 

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